Logan Hirst: BMX Racing
Thought I would send you a bit of an update of what has been happening lately.
Over the winter I have been concentrating on my rugby and trying to get a bit of bike time in when I can.
My Under 13 Taupo team ended the season second from the bottom but we had some new players play rugby for the first time this year and improved heaps over the season.
I trialled along with about 35 others for the Under 45kg Taupo team and was lucky enough to get selected. We played in a tournament here in Taupo and won our competition with no points scored against us. At the tournament there were King Country rugby selectors there watching and I was lucky enough to get selected for the Under 45kg King Country rep side so was pretty stoked about that. I am playing in the front row as a prop. We have had a couple of warm up games and have won them both. This weekend the competition games start with two games in Te Awamutu on Saturday and a game here in Taupo on Sunday and then we go to Te Aroha next Sunday for the last two games. I have had training every Thursday after school in Benningdale.
I have also enjoyed coaching the Under 7 Barbarian Chiefs with Christain Shearer this year and I am very pleased to say that they are the 2012 Taupo Junior Rugby Under 7 Champions felt really good being part of their excitement of winning their grade.
Once all my rugby is done I will be putting heaps of time into my bike as we have the North Island Champs at Labour weekend in Whangarei which is coming around very quickly, unfortunately rep rugby has clashed a bit with the start of the BMX season. I have been asked to race in a corporate team this year, we have to race at certain race meets and collect points through the season with the final round being at the Nationals at Easter. The winning team with the most points take home the trophy that is up for grabs so should be exciting and gives me something else to work towards during the season. Of course most of the season will be concentrating on the build up to the World Champs being held in Auckland next July.
Thats about it for now thanks once again for all your support
Thought I had better update you after my final competition of the season.
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Hawera Indoor Champs, this is a great social fun meet to end the season where they build an indoor track at the show grounds just for the weekend. Racing is tight and close compared to all the big new tracks that are being built now.
I raced in Junior Superclass where I finished 1st in the final and also in my age group (12yr Boys) where I was unbeaten and retained my age group title that I have held since 2008.
For now my BMX season has finished until the beginning of September but I have started to up my training with the next major competition, the North Island Champs in Whangarei at Labour Weekend, but of course my main focus is the World Champs next year.
Over the winter I am again playing rugby which I am really enjoying. This year I am in the under 13 grade which is part of the King Country round so have been travelling away every second weekend. I am playing number 9 so its pretty full on.
Also over the winter I am assisting Christain Shearer coach the unbeaten Under 7 Barbarian Chiefs team which is fun but I am yet to see them play as I am always playing away but hopefully I can support them in a couple of weeks when I have a home game.
I have also been enjoying getting back up to the Club nights at the veladrome over the winter to help with my strength training. Track riding is great fun and you have to have your wits about you.
Again thank you for all the support.
Last weekend I competed at the 2012 BMX National Championships held in Rotorua. I had a great weekend being unbeaten in all my qualifying motos, and 2nd in both my quarter and semi finals. I finished 3rd in the final. I was pleased to gain a podium finish again this year.
Over the season we also have a National series that we have to race at certain meets, the last one being the Nationals, I finished 2nd in the series.
My results from the Nationals have also qualified me to race at the 2013 World Champs to be held in Auckland in July next year.
There is now only one more race meet for our season the Hawera Indoor Champs held next month that I am hoping to go and race at to defend my title that I have held since 2008.
During my off season I will still be training to better myself for the 2012/2013 season with the main focus being on the World Champs next year.
Thanks again for your support.
The last two months have been busy for me as we are right in the middle of our race season and building up to the Nationals in Rotorua at Easter.
I had a couple of weeks off my bike over Christmas and New Year and enjoyed our camping holiday at the water ski club. This summer I learnt to wake board and wake skate and improved on my single skiing heaps. Some of us also had some coaching at going through the junior slalom course, hopefully we will be good enough to go away and do some inter-club competitions next season.
January I went to Puni for the Northen Region Champs. After being pushed off the track in the last corner of the final I ended up finishing 4th. The following weekend I attended the Te Awamutu Grand Prix, my aim was to jump the 1st jump in every race and managed to jump 7 out of 8 races so was pretty stoked as I was the only one in my age group to jump it in a race. I finished 1st in 12 year Boys.
In February we had our annual Taupo Race meet where I also won the 12yr Boys age group. The next weekend I attended the UCI Race Meet in Cambridge and raced in the 12-13yr mixed I finished 2nd behind a 13 year old. The following weekend I went to the Te Kuiti Twilight Race meet it was touch and go as to whether or not I would race as my forks on my bike were starting to break but managed to borrow some and got my bike back together just in time to race. I finished 1st in the 12 Boys final.
Last weekend I attended the Waikato Region Champs in the weather bomb, BMX hardly ever gets cancelled. Over the weekend we raced three tracks over two days, Saturday we raced 4 races at Hamilton then 4 races in Te Awamutu and on Sunday we had four races and finals in Cambridge. I was unbeaten all weekend and am really happy with I am at at the moment a month out from the Nationals.
I am now using the next month to build up to the Nationals with lots of training and getting over to Rotorua to
get some track time on their track as this is where the Nationals are being held at Easter. The 2012 Nationals
is my first opportunity to qualify for the 2013 Worlds Champs to be held in Auckland next year.
Thank you all again for this opportunity to be part of the scholarship this year.